A cancer diagnosis can be a scary thing; Fort HealthCare is here to help ease some of your anxiety. We ensure that patients concentrate solely on getting healthy with the best expert care close to home via our partnership with the state of the art UW Cancer Center in Johnson Creek. Fort HealthCare patients can rest assured knowing their care is led by this expert team of surgeons and oncologists, in an environment that is warm and helpful, with the close-at-hand convenience that might not often be available in smaller communities.
What to Expect
Typically, diagnosis of a pre-cancerous or cancerous condition is made by a Fort HealthCare surgeon after a referral from your primary care physician, who has performed diagnostic imaging at Fort Memorial Hospital.
Treatment options that are best suited to your specific condition are outlined and while some treatments are availabe at Fort Memorial Hospital, you may also be reffered to one of our partner organizations: UW Johnson Creek Cancer Center, Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology Center or oncology and hematology specialists from the Dean Medical Center where patients receive only the most advanced oncology care including medical and radiation oncology services, chemotherapy treatments, clinical trials, prevention and education services.
Both Fort HealthCare and The UW Cancer Center use only the most state-of-the-art technology to provide expert oncology care. The radiology department at Fort Memorial Hospital uses Picture Archival and Communication System (PACS), which allows physicians to view imaging on the computer wherever they are, eliminating the need to transport images throughout the hospital or deliver images to different facilities. Magnetic resonance imaging technology includes the new Signa Infinity MRI system with Excite scanner technology from GE Healthcare, the most advanced MRI available today. Fort Memorial Hospital is the first hospital of its size in the nation to have this equipment. The UW Cancer Center also features the latest in radiation therapy, which combines medical imaging, 3-D simulation, treatment beam shaping and respiratory monitoring. A Varian Platinum EX linear accelerator provides intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
Closer to Home
Being close to home and being in familiar surrounding is important when you are ill, which is why Fort HealthCare is an obvious choice for your cancer treatments. Expert physicians and surgeons at both Fort Memorial Hospital and UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek can assist in treating virtually all types of cancers, including:
Breast: Cancer that starts in the breast, usually in the inner lining of the milk ducts or lobules. Treatment depends partly on the stage of the cancer, but may include chemotherapy, surgery or radiation, hormone or targeted therapy.
Colon and Rectal: Classified by cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. Treatment depends partly on the stage of the cancer, but may include chemotherapy, surgery or radiation therapy.
Brain: Any intracranial tumor created by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division, normally either in the brain itself, lymphatic tissue, blood vessels, cranial nerves, brain envelopes, skull, pituitary or pineal gland.
Cervical: Cervical cancer is cancer that starts in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus that opens at the top of the vagina. Many times, early cervical cancer has no symptoms.
Esophageal: Esophageal cancer is a cancerous tumor of the esophagus, the tube that moves food from the mouth to the stomach. When esophageal cancer is only in the esophagus and has not spread elsewhere, surgery is the treatment of choice to remove the cancer.
Leukemia: Cancer of the blood or bone marrow, it is characterized by an abnormal multiplication of blood cells.
Lung: Refers to uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. There are two types of lung cancer, and the treatments of these types varies: non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is sometimes treated with surgery, while small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) usually responds better to chemotherapy and radiation.
Melanoma: One of the less common types of skin cancer, melanoma is a malignant tumor found predominantly in skin but also in the bowel and the eye. Detection is remembered by examining sores, moles and bumps of the skin.
Pancreatic: Cancer of the pancreas, symptoms are difficult to recognize, but could include loss of appetite, significant weight loss, jaundice, or pain in the upper abdomen.
Prostate: A form of cancer that develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system, the cancer cells may spread from the prostate to other parts of the body including the bones or lymph nodes.
Skin Cancer: Usually recognized by a clearly visible skin abnormality, skin cancer is a mutation of skin cells. The most common skin cancers are basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, and melanoma which all trace back to the mutation.
Testicular: A cancer that starts in the testicles, the male reproductive glands located in the scrotum.
Thyroid: A cancerous growth of the thyroid gland, symptoms may include coughing, difficulty swallowing, an enlarged thyroid gland, hoarse voice, swelling of the neck or a lump in the thyroid.